On the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills Competition

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IJanuary 27, 2008

Because I’m home and so rarely get the chance to watch HNIC, I watched the Competition mostly on CBC last night. I did switch over to Versus on occasion and saw that they were using the same footage for everything except ice-level interviews.

In doing so, I noticed something: the SuperSkills Competition does not translate well to TV, whether it’s the experienced hockey people at CBC/HNIC or the new kids on the block at Versus.

It was especially noticeable in the relay event as the camera cuts made following along difficult. The audio competition between the TV guys and the arena announcer got a little old as well.

Keep in mind that I’m talking about CBC here. Those who love to berate Versus should be reminded that both stations used the same camera work.

There were entertaining moments, to be sure. I just think that the Competition worked better as a form of entertainment for the fans in Atlanta than for the fans watching on TV. I don’t know, maybe they could try the traditional wide angle shot of the rink rather than having a guy on skates with a camera shooting from behind the players.

Or they could just not show the Competition on TV.

I’ll be heading back to school this afternoon and have a fair amount of homework, but I plan on watching the Game (on Versus—no CBC in West Michigan) if I can.